For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St. Peter’s Square. Here, the Pope blesses both the people and the figurines during the Angelus.

This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at our 10.30am Mass on Sunday, December 16th.

All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their cribs at home to Mass that morning to be blessed.

Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want. We are holding a Crib Workshop at 9:30am on Saturday 15th December where you can make a manger and your own Baby Jesus.

When your Baby Jesus has been blessed w will give you a strip of cloth to take home and wrap him in.

It is suggested that, following the blessing, you take your “bambinelli home and place it in a gift box, wrap it and saves it for Christmas.

Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas. Then you can place your Baby Jesus in the crib and have a home blessing of the Nativity for your whole family.